In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, County Council has issued a resolution recognizing the week of Monday, Jan. 17 as Racial Justice Week in Richland County.
Councilmembers Yvonne McBride and Paul Livingston moved the resolution forward to honor King and to emphasize the County’s commitment to fostering a community where everyone feels welcomed, valued and represented.
The resolution reads:
“Richland County strives to be a leader in protecting the rights of its citizens, and is committed to eliminating hatred and bigotry in all systems and institutions to improve outcomes for all Richland County residents and build a more diverse, socially just and cohesive community …
“Richland County, along with its community partners, is focused on building and creating inclusive and affirming communities and developing policies, practices and strategic investments to reverse racial disparity trends, eliminate institutional racism and ensure outcomes and opportunities for all.”
The resolution recognizes King as one of the great leaders of the civil rights movement, affirming that his “dream” of an end to racism is no less vital and inspiring now than when he first expressed it more than 50 years ago.
The resolution further reads:
“As we look forward to the future with optimism – inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and informed by his wisdom and vision – let us rededicate ourselves to keeping his dream alive and be reminded that we are united together as one community.”